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An evening to recognise good practice in Positive Behaviour Support

The BILD PBS Leadership Awards recognise good practice and contributions to the development of positive behaviour support practice and aim to raise practice by recognising work of quality and quality of contribution over time. 

Thursday 4 May in Bristol saw the 2017 BILD PBS leadership awards dinner, an important part of BILD's annual PBS Research and Practice Conference, and a celebration of the best in positive behaviour practice both in the UK and internationally.

Those Commended, Highly Commended, and the Award Winners for 2017 were:

Category 1:

Innovative practice in supporting people with intellectual disabilities through positive behaviour support

PBSAwards 2017 Cat 1 - Highly Commended

Highly Commended: 

Amanda Higgs of PossAbilities

Pictured above presenting Amanda with her award is Alan Jefferson, Chair of the BILD Trustees.

PBSAwards 2017 Cat 1 - Winner


Kim Fleming and Kirsty Dale of Trinity House, Danshell

“For leading the successful introduction of a PBS approach in their service, for changing a negative culture into a positive one and ultimately, for enhancing the quality of life of the people supported by their service.” 

Pictured above presenting Kim and Kirsty with their award is Alan Jefferson, Chair of the BILD Trustees.

Category 2

Innovative practice in Positive Behaviour Support, involving service users

PBSAwards 2017 Cat 2 - Highly Commended

Highly Commended

Vicky Smith of MacIntyre  

Pictured above presenting the award to Vicky is Ben Higgins, BILD Chief Executive.  

PBSAwards 2017 Cat 2 - Winner


Robyn Stint of Royal Mencap 

“For working tirelessly to research and implement ways of working with an individual to improve her quality of life and support her to successfully be part of her family again. And for leading the support team and helping them to reflect on what they have learnt, and to be confident about what they can achieve when they work together.”

Pictured above presenting the award to Robyn is Ben Higgins, BILD Chief Executive.  

Category 3

Outstanding practice in Positive Behaviour Support

PBSAwards 2017 Cat 3 - Commended


Lynsey Way of CMG

Pictured above presenting the award to Lynsey is Sandy Toogood of Bangor University.  

PBSAwards 2017 Cat 3 - Highly Commended

Highly Commended

Thomas Collier and Vicky Grimmer of MacIntyre

Pictured above presenting the award to Thomas and Vicky is Sandy Toogood of Bangor University.

PBSAwards 2017 Cat 3 - Winner


Richard Wilkins of The Witherslack Group 

“For leading the way within his organisation in thinking differently about their ways of working and inspiring the whole organisation to adopt and implement Positive Behaviour Support - with significant and positive consequences for the people they support, and for their staff. 

After 6 months, all forms of restraints of the people they support have reduced by 28% across the organisation and by 51% in residential children’s homes.”

Pictured above presenting the award to Richard is Sandy Toogood of Bangor University. 


The Special Awards

PBSAwards 2017 SpA Researcher - Winner

Early career researcher award

“A young researcher who is already building an track record for research and publication of quality: five articles in learned journals, a well-received chapter in a publication, and presenter at this year's Pre-Conference Research Symposium of a paper on 'What’s in a Name? 25 Years of Defining PBS: From Horner to Kincaid."

Anne MacDonald of the Richmond Fellowship Scotland

Pictured above presenting the award to Anne is Peter Baker, joint editor of the International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support. 

PBSAwards 2017 SpA Coach of the Year

CAPBS Coach of the Year

"The winner tonight is an innovative coach who has driven PBS at an organisational level as well as at individual level. She has designed effective monitoring tools so her practice is informed and responsive to need.

She has been a committed supporter to the CAPBS Coaches Network and understands the importance of keeping this network vibrant and in the spirit of sharing good ideas so the future of PBS is in the hands of people who ultimately work in these challenging situations.”

Nichole Bruce of Careline Lifestyles

Pictured above presenting the award to Nichole is Sarah Leitch, BILD's PBS Development Manager.  

PBSAwards 2017 SpA Outstanding Practice

The Special Award for Outstanding Practice

“The work we are recognising in this award involved the development of a successful Positive Behaviour Support Plan to support an individual in a mental health setting with a history of significant self-harm and suicidal thinking and behaviour. 

As well as creating a series of bespoke reactive and recovery strategies backed by environmental risk assessments ensuring a Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty focus, a wider staff group was then trained to deliver the PBS plan for this individual.

This team of support workers demonstrated on a daily basis, in extreme circumstances, their care and concern, their empathy and their PBS values.”

Andy Lees, Matt Jones and Jess Dyson of St Anne’s Community Services

The award was presented to Andy, Matt and Jess by Dr Edwin Jones of the Abertawe University Health Board.

Know someone doing good work? Nominate them for a BILD PBS Awards for 2018!  

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